Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has asked the Pakistan Peoples Party-led government not to extend the contract of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt General Ahmad Shuja Pasha for a third term.
Speaking at a press conference here on Thursday, he said there are a lot of competent generals who are capable of filling this post, “and I hope that the army itself will devise a strategy to replace Pasha.”
He added: “During Pasha’s service, Pakistan witnessed massive intelligence failures such as the raid in Abbottabad; the Mumbai tragedy; the attack on Mehran Base Karachi; the Memogate scandal and Nato air strike on the Salala check post. It was unfortunate that despite all this, Pasha claims that the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani stopped him from resigning his post, which is strange for us.”
Six weeks ago, the army levelled serious allegations on rulers over Memogate, while Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani accused the army of housing Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, he said, adding that the PML-N, along with civilians, will stage protests.
He said that as promised before, the PML-N will table a resolution in the National Assembly session starting from Monday for necessary legislation to resolve the problem of missing persons.
He lashed out at the intelligence outfits of the country for what he called was “their inefficiency” in handling the missing persons’ cases.
He said the PML-N is also working on a draft bill to regulate the role of intelligence agencies, which will be moved in the assembly.
Lashing out at PTI
Nisar lashed out at Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan and dared him to
come in the tribunal exclusively for judging properties and status of tax defaulters, so that PML-N’s position can be cleared.
He found it surprising that Khan only targeted PML-N leaders and excluded all other political parties. He accused Khan of being a tax defaulter from 1971 to 2001 and of not paying for his ‘gift’ property residence in Bani Gala.
The wireless fee that has been approved by a government standing committee is a clear violation of law because it must be approved through a bill and not a committee, Nisar said. That tax was abolished by the PML-N government in 1997.
Allocation of funds
Nisar further accused the government’s establishment of a new cell that will allocate funds for aid provision and said it is an attempt to channel funds in a manner that brings money back to the PPP for use in election campaigns.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 1st, 2012.